Surviving Uncertainty

Surviving Uncertainty

No matter how much money you have, or how hard you try to protect yourself and your family with security, the fact remains that life is uncertain. Just ask anyone who’s ever suddenly lost a job, gotten a divorce, or gotten one of those dreaded middle-of-the-night family crisis phone calls. We cannot control all that happens to us. So what do we do about that?

If we’re smart, instead of railing against the uncertainty we cannot control, we work, instead, to become better masters at the art of living well in uncertain times. Because the good news is …

  1. Uncertainty doesn’t have to be a curse. It can be, instead, an opportunity for growth, change, and the start of a much better path in life.
  2. Living with uncertainty CAN be mastered. Adventurers do it every day.
  3. Most importantly … if you master the art of surviving––and thriving––in uncertainty, you will never have to fear it again. You will have the strength of a hero, able to survive and make the best of whatever comes your way.

How do you do that? This book can help.

Surviving Uncertainty: Taking a Hero’s Journey is an eloquent and practical guide to making the most of life’s planned and unplanned adventures. It combines entertaining storytelling, thought-provoking ideas, and helpful advice on surviving—and thriving—in uncertain times and circumstances … from a woman who knows something about challenge and uncertainty.

Twenty years ago, Lane Wallace quit a successful corporate career to become a pilot and adventure writer. Now a correspondent for TheAtlantic.com and an internationally known aviation columnist, she’s spent the past two decades entertaining her readers with witty, wry, and insightful writing about everything from flying a blimp through the Alps, climbing mountains in Nepal and Europe and coping with armed soldiers in the Congo, to flying a U-2 spy plane to the edges of space. Here, she applies what she’s learned in the school of adventure to the broader school of life.

Surviving Uncertainty: Taking a Hero’s Journey explores the possibilities uncertainty holds, offers tips how to navigate uncertain waters, and explains why getting launched onto a modern-day hero’s journey, while not entirely comfortable, may just be the best thing that ever happened to us.

Praise for Surviving Uncertainty

“Dead Man Walking or A Hero’s Journey? You decide after sharing Lane Wallace’s insights from her own experiences of fear and uncertainty. If we can make peace with the impermanence of the world there is a great adventure in life’s next surprise.”

Randy Komisar
Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Beyers
Author, The Monk and the Riddle: The Education of a Silicon Valley Entrepreneur

“This is a gem of a book you’ll want by your side for life’s challenges. In the spirit of The Little Prince and Jonathan Livingston Seagull, pilot and adventurer Lane Wallace shows how the stress of uncertainty awakens our instincts for excitement and possibility—if only we let it.”

Rich Karlgaard
Publisher, Forbes Magazine

“In Surviving Uncertainty, [Wallace] talks in detail about how to cope with situations in which you are plunged into the unknown. She uses illustrations from flying and mountain climbing to derive principles that would apply to, say, being laid off or losing a loved one. Worth checking out.”

James Fallows
National Correspondent, The Atlantic Monthly

“Here’s an old riddle: There were five frogs on a log. Four decided to jump off. How many were left? Five. Because there is a difference between deciding and doing. Most people are like those frogs. When the time comes to take a big step, they never quite get from deciding to doing. Something always seems to hold them back. If it’s time for your big step and you need a push, this book will give you all the stimulus you need. It will invigorate your intentions and translate them to action.”

Mark L. Feldman, Ph.D.
CEO, Space-Time Insight
Author, Five Frogs on a Log: A CEO’s Field Guide to Mergers, Acquisitions and Gut Wrenching Change